Ayesha Sharma 

Location: Mumbai

Work Experience: 4 years

Language(s) They Offer Therapy In: English and Hindi

Age: 26 years

Hourly Fee Range: INR 800-2000​ with a sliding scale

*Offers both online and in-person therapy

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Sciences , University College London

Primary and Advanced Certification in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute

Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Women’s Christian College

Certificate in Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice, Mariwala Health Initiative

Master Training in Integral Somatic Psychology (ongoing), ISP

Group Analysis (ongoing), Institute for Group Analysis

Therapy Style

Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?

 

I have an eclectic therapeutic approach. Together we will explore thoughts and feelings, significant interpersonal relationships throughout life, and the body when trying to understand emotional distress. I use cognitive-behavioural, somatic, relational, analytic and narrative therapy frameworks in my sessions.

 

What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?

 

The defining feature of my approach to therapy is the emphasis I place on building a trustworthy and ethical therapeutic relationship with clients so I can support you  in meeting parts of yourself . 

 

Psychotherapy is not the objective administration of a standard ‘treatment’ or a ‘cure’ to cope with life’s many ups and downs. It does not provide an assurance that problems will cease to exist. Rather, it is an exploration of our inner worlds. It is simply being with our experiences with another as an empathetic witness. It is knowing that help is available to cope with the curveballs that life may throw our way.

 

I am aware of, and constantly bring into awareness, the systemic and structural factors that impact our mental health in significant ways. The support I provide is trauma-informed, queer-affirmative, psychosocial and rights-based.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Targets psychological problems by looking at learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour. Helps better understand and identify distorted thoughts and develop a better sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.

Somatic Therapy: Alleviates psychological and physical pain that expresses itself in the form of tension in specific parts of the body such as the head, neck, shoulders, or stomach., etc.​

Relational Therapy: Relational psychotherapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences, attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

Analytic Therapy: The approach works by identifying any learned behaviours or beliefs from your past and investigating whether or not they are contributing to your current difficulties. It aims to show you how you can change such beliefs and help you focus on ways of making better choices in the future.

Narrative Therapy: Uses the power of stories to help people discover their life purpose. Through narrative therapy, one can begin to identify alternative stories that offer them an opportunity to challenge judgment and explore what other information they are carrying within them.

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